How long have you been running a forum / What inspired you to start?:
I started my first forum on May 1, 2003. I had always had an interest in computers and the internet. When I turned 16 I got a Ford Mustang. I wanted to modify it and work on it so I turned to the internet for help. I found a V6 Mustang forum that I joined. At some point, I decided I also wanted to have my own forum so I started a similar site. 9 years later I sold the forum to my friend Andy R over at Social Knowledge and just recently purchased that first forum I joined, http://3.7mustang.com
What's your Forum Software of choice & why?:
My first forum software was phpBB. It did the job for a few months but I got tired of the security issues and lack of feature updates. I went to vBulletin soon after starting my forum and now have recently started using xenForo due to the horrid state of vBulletin after Internet Brands buying it.
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Where do you see your websites in 5 years?:
Just plan to keep up with the trends and keep the members happy
How often do you work on your forum?:
it is my full time job. I spend many hours a day researching and working on the forums.
Of all the projects you’ve ever been involved in, which did you enjoy the most?:
I worked for Social Knowledge in Dallas, TX for 7 months in 2011-2012. That was fun.
What are your biggest strengths as a forum admin? Weaknesses?:
Knowledge of forum software, server administration. Weakness would be setting up a solid team to manage the forums. I try to find a person on each forum I own that cares about the site and let them take over that aspect of the forum.
How do you define the ideal Forum Administrator?:
The more you care about the topic of the site you own the more successful you will be.
Would you ever consider yourself an expert in the field of running a forum?:
I would like to think so. Always room to learn more though.
What are your top five technology MUST-HAVE’s in running a forum?:
Reliable forum software, reliable server, bounced email processing, spam prevention tools and a reliable sitemap generator.
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